The Reasons Why I Write What I Write

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group

November 4 question – Albert Camus once said, “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” Flannery O’Conner said, “I write to discover what I know.” Authors across time and distance have had many reasons to write. Why do you write what you write?

The Reasons Why I Write What I Write

I write because I have to. I need to share. I need to express. I need to get it out of me—it being the need to vent, to give advice, to share something I’ve learned, or just to share a simple observation.

I write because I need to get all that stuff out of my head. The irony is that the more I write, getting it out, more of it flows in!

I write because I have people—characters—and topics, asking me, When is it MY turn? I’m surrounded by a crowd, all clamoring for attention.

My reasons for writing are that simple. So many ideas, so little time.

Insecure Writers Support Group BadgePurpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting!


About Diana Stout

Screenwriter, author, former English professor
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6 Responses to The Reasons Why I Write What I Write

  1. Diane Burton says:

    I love your reasons. My characters yell at me, too. Good luck on your writing this month.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. nancygideon says:

    So little time, indeed! I bemoan all those insistent characters who will never have their stories told because there just aren’t enough hours in the day.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Yes, so many ideas, so little time. I agree!
    Happy writing in November!


  4. J.Q. Rose says:

    Oh yes, I hear ya’. Characters, settings, situations swirling through my head. I never thought about getting it out and more come in. Never ending. Enjoyed your post.
    JQ Rose

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Wish I had a crowd. I usually have one lone voice yelling.

    Liked by 1 person

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